Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 3:42 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Arts in brief

'Craft Night for Grownups' set

As part of its weekly Tuesday Salon, the Homer Council on the Arts holds a free "Craft Night for Grownups" from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Tuesday Salon group will provide materials for three creative projects: decoupaging switch plates, making gift tags and learning to knit. The Dec. 13 Tuesday Salon is for those who wish to finish projects.

Group focuses on holiday songs

Christmas carols and holiday songs are the focus for Art City Sings, the sing-along held 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at the Homer Council on the Arts. Join in to sing next Wednesday and Dec. 21. Performers also will deliver "singing Christmas cards" before the holiday.

Gustavus writer visits Dec. 10

Gustavus author Hank Lentfer does a presentation on his book, "Faith of Cranes: Finding Hope and Family in Alaska," at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Of the book, Homer writer Nancy Lord wrote, "Hank Lentfer's 'Faith of Cranes' is the best kind of memoir — one that illuminates a particular life in a particular place but extends well beyond the personal to explore big issues about family, community, and how we can live with gratitude and hope. Lentfer, a major new voice not just in Alaska writing but in literary nonfiction and philosophy of place, is the storyteller you would want at your campfire. You will never see a migrating crane — or any other bird — in quite the same way again."

Foundation offers matching funds

Through the nonprofit organization USA: United States Artists, the Rasmuson Foundation offers up to $2,500 each in matching funds for Alaska artists who raise money through the USA Projects program. Like Kickstarter and Indie Go-Go, other online funding programs, USA Projects lets artists present projects and make pitches for funding — a concept called microphilanthropy.

However, USA Projects limits its program to artists who have received prior support from national arts organizations such as the Rasmuson Foundation. Previous USA Projects artists in Alaska who have funded projects include filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacClean and musician John Luther Adams.

Under the Rasmuson Foundation grant, a total of $25,000 in matching funds for $2,500 each will go to 10 artists who raise $2,500 through USA Projects. To be eligible, artists must have received a past Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation.

United States Artists also sponsored Alaska AIR, a program to bring artists from the Lower 49 states to Alaska for residencies, such as artist Mike Houston who visited Bunnell Street Arts Center in October 2010. USA also has provided fellowships to Alaska artists.

The Rasmuson Foundation provided seed money to United States Artists in 2005 and a $1 million donation to its endowment in 2010. USA Projects has had a funding success rate of more than 75 percent, and helped artists from 30 states fund projects, with a total of $1 million raised in under a year since the site's launch.

For information on USA Projects, including examples of current projects seeking support, visit www.unitedstatesartists.org/projects/funding_now.

ASCA picks new executive director

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has selected Shannon Daut of Denver as the new executive director. Daut, 37, is deputy drector of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a regional arts organization regional membership organization made up of the 13 western state arts agencies.

Daut replaces retiring ASCA executive director Charlotte Fox.

Daut has been at WESTAF since 1999, with experience in a wide range of artistic disciplines including film, visual arts, music, theater and literature. She starts work as executive director Jan. 9.

Burly-Q Revue set for Dec. 15, 16

Homer's First Burlesque Troupe featuring "Bait and Tassels" with Johnny B and Heidi Jo is set for 9 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at Alice's Champagne Palace.

Admission is $15 with advance tickets at Alice's and The Fringe. The event is for those 21 and older. Those attending are invited to "over dress to express" and encouraged to get there early to get a seat.